So far my season is off to a great start this year! I’m really excited to share my last week with you and how everything has started out for me since Christmas. After the break we headed up to Prince George, BC for our first few North American Cup races of the season. It started out fairly well for me with decent qualification times and good results. I placed 4th on the first day and 3rd on the second. This helped me get some confidence heading into my second-ever World Cup at Nakiska the following week. Unfortunately, that didn’t go as well for me placing 45th. I was really pleased with my run, however I made one crucial mistake at the top of the course costing me quite a bit of time down the course. I have attached the TV version of my run below if you are interested in watching.
After the World Cup, Nakiska held two more North American Cup races and a FIS race on the same course. These didn’t go great for me placing 7th, 9th and 4th on the final day. It was great to race with some of the World Cup caliber skiers and get ready to make a push when we headed to Europe.
|Me at the Nakiska Nor Am|
Four days later we flew to France where we would be for five days of racing. On the qualification day the weather was very inconsistent seeing everything from snowing and windy to sunny and hot. This played a big role in our qualification runs as I caught a head wind on my first run and placed 36th – which meant I wouldn’t be racing on the Thursday. This was tough for me to deal with but either way I had rally for my second run which would be the qualification for Friday’s race. The weather was much better for me this run and I was able to qualify in fifth place which was a big breakthrough for me as I have never qualified in the top 32 at a Europa cup race. The level of racing over here is much higher and I would consider it one step below World Cup.
On Friday it was Sunny and about +6 Degrees Celsius, a little warm for me and the course would be very soft. It was tough for me to judge what the competition level would be like in my first heat since I had never raced a heat over here before. Regardless, I had to take every race seriously and be focused in the hot weather. I was fairly quick out of the start on this course which helped me win every heat up until finals. In finals I was against one of my teammates, Tristan, and a Swiss who were both very talented. Tristan beat me out of the start and I shuffled in behind him the whole way down. I ended up second on the day and was absolutely blown away. I couldn’t get the smile off my face the whole day! Really exciting and can’t thank my team and coaches enough for helping me all day long!
|View from Orcieres|
Thanks for reading about my journey so far this season and I will try and update again soon!
All the best,